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About Cheryl Oestreicher

Dr. Cheryl Oestreicher has an M.L.I.S. from Dominican University (College of St. Catherine) and Ph.D. in Modern History and Literature from Drew University. Her dissertation is titled “The Quest for Happiness: An Analysis of Joshua Loth Liebman’s Peace of Mind.” She came to Albertsons Library at Boise State University in 2012 as the Head of Special Collections and Archives/Assistant Professor. Before coming to Boise State, she was a project archivist at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History in Atlanta, Georgia. There she managed the arrangement and description of the Andrew J. Young Papers, the Jean Childs Young Papers, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Atlanta Branch Records, and the Center for Democratic Renewal Records. She also was a project archivist at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Jazz Archive and contemporary poetry collections, managed the Drew University Archives, and held the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles archival fellowship at Princeton University's Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library.

Dr. Oestreicher taught Administration and Use of Historical Archives in the Master of Heritage Preservation program at Georgia State University. She taught Managing Archives, Research Methods, and Reference, Access, and Outreach for the Master of Archival Studies program at Clayton State University. Her overall goal as an archivist is to engage researchers, provide access, and increase the use of archival collections.


2022 - Present Professor, Boise State University Albertsons Library
2012 - Present Head of Special Collections and Archives, Boise State University Albertsons Library

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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 - Emerging Leader Award, The Society of American Archivists
  • 2021 - Waldo Gifford Leland Award for the book "Reference and Access for Archives and Manuscripts" - Society of American Archivists

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Edited Publications (8)

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Articles (7)

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